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The Vegetarian Dog

Filed Under NutritionNuggets

My dog used to be a vegetarian… an accidental vegetarian. While I choose not to eat meat, I have no problems feeding it to my dogs. But Apollo has severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). He needs to eat a special type of dog food to...

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When Cancer That Was Successfully Treated Reoccurs in a Dog

Filed Under TheDailyVet

If you havepreviously been a reader of my contributions to petMD’s The Daily Vet, you will remember that I've written extensively about my dog Cardiff’s journey through somecommonly fatal illnesses over his 10 years of life. Cardiff...

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Consult Your Veterinarian

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Don’t let fashion dictate what you feed your pet. While high protein pet foods may sound appealing, they are not always the healthiest choice for dogs and cats. Speak to your veterinarian to devise a diet that is appropriate for your pet.

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Will I Need to Change My Pet’s Diet?

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If your pet does have chronic kidney disease, moderating the amount of phosphorus in the diet is often advised. This can be done by precisely combining high quality animal based proteins with plants that are an excellent, low phosphorus source...

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Are High Levels of Protein in Pet Food Dangerous?

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Another important consideration with regard to protein sources in pet food is phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for dogs and cats, but high dietary levels of the mineral are associated with a more rapid progression of chronic kidney...

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So Dogs and Cats Can Digest Plant Proteins?

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The truth is that while dogs do need some of their protein to come from animals, they are quite capable of digesting and absorbing nutrients (including essential amino acids) from high quality, plant-based ingredients like quinoa. Cats can also...

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Does the Source of Protein in Cat or Dog Food Matter?

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To understand the importance of dietary protein, we must understand its nutritional role. When a dog or cat eats protein, it is not absorbed whole. Instead, it is broken down into its constituent parts –amino acids. Different types of...

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What's the Difference?

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Feeding a high quality pet food is one of the simplest yet most important ways to promote health and wellbeing in dogs and cats. Unfortunately, some pet parents may unintentionally equate high protein with a high quality...

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The Dog Days of Summer: Hot Pet Reads

Filed Under TheDailyVet

I love few things more during the summer than lying down at the beach or pool with a book in hand. Well, maybe lying down with my head on my dog when it’s too hot to go outside. Either way, long summer days are perfect for reading, and...

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In Praise of the Veterinary Receptionist

Filed Under TheDailyVet

One of the most important people you will encounter in your veterinarian’s office is the receptionist who greets you when you walk through the door. This is especially true for doctors like me who workin the veterinary referral...

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Why a Food Change Won't Keep Your Pet From Itching

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Your pet itches and she is causing severe skin problems due to scratching. You suspect food is the cause. You go to the big-box pet store and peruse the brands that claim to “improve skin and coat quality” on the container label....

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Reducing the Cost of Pet Meds?

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The push to mandate that veterinarians provide portable prescriptions (prescriptions that can be filled by someone other than their veterinarian) appears to be moving forward. The so-called Fairness to Pet Owners Act has been reintroduced...

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Nature's Variety Recalls Instinct Raw Chicken Formula

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Nature’s Variety, a St. Louis-based pet food company, has recalled its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products...

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Bravo Pet Foods Recalls Select Lots of Bravo Chicken Products

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Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based pet food company, has recalled select lots of Bravo Chicken products for dogs and cats due to possible presence of Salmonella. Bravo Pet Foods initiated the recall after routine testing by the New...

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High Protein Diets Are Best for Weight Loss in Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Fat cats —they seem to be everywhere (at least to vets). We all know that if fat cats are to enjoy good health and a long life, we need to help them lose weight. But what type of food is best suited to make that happen? A couple of recent...

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Understanding Human Autism Through Dog Behavior

Filed Under TheDailyVet

“Will this vaccine give my dog autism?” I met the question, posed to me in 2004 at the height of the vaccine-children-autism controversy, with reassurance that although any vaccine has the potential for side effects, autism...

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc. Recalls 12" Tremenda Sticks

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc., a Windsor, Colorado, based pet food manufacturer, is recalling its 12 ozbags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella. A Colorado Department...

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Focusing on the Big and Little Pictures in Pet Cancer Care

Filed Under TheDailyVet

There are two considerations I have before making treatment recommendations for patients diagnosed with what are known as “solid tumors” (i.e., those that develop in one tissue and can spread throughout the body). The first...

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Warm Temps Triggering Gender Changes in Australia’s Dragon Lizards

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According to new research from the University of Canberra's Institute for Applied Ecology, Australia’s bearded dragon lizards are, perhaps, the ultimate chameleons. Instead of changing color, however, these lizards are changing gender. Published...

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Coconut Oil: The Over-Hyped 'Super Food' for Pets

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Have you caught the coconut oil super food bug yet? With television celebrityDr. Oz cheerleading for the wonders of coconut oil, pet owners are anxious to add it to their pet’s commercial food diet or use it as the sole source of fat in...

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Reconsidering Universal Spay and Neuter for Dogs

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Recommending whether or not to spay or neuter my canine patients used to be as close to a “no brainer” as it got in veterinary medicine. Unless an owner had plans to show and/or breed their pet, I recommended surgery. Of course,...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Turtles

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Whether you're thinking of getting a turtle as a pet or have had one for years, you may not have heard these 5 interesting facts about this beloved reptile. [video] Fact 1 Turtles don’t have ears, but they’re...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Bearded Dragons

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Bearded dragons may be relatively new to the shores of America, but they sure are cool.Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about bearded dragons and why should strongly consider getting one yourself. [video] Fact 1 Bearded...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Snakes

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Snakes are some of the most interesting animals on Earth. No wonder so many people have them as pets. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about snakes. [video] Fact 1 The oldest snake fossils have been dated at more...

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

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One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Too much eventually results in obesity and all of the health problems related to that condition...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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